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Improved rate of isolation of Neisseria meningitidis by direct plating of pharyngeal swabs.

Authors
  • R, Cunningham
  • R, Matthews
  • G, Lewendon
  • S, Harrison
  • Josh Stuart
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Publisher
American Society for Microbiology
Volume
39
Issue
12
Pages
4575–4576
Source
UCSC Bioinformatics biomedical-ucsc
License
Unknown

Abstract

Culturing of pharyngeal swabs for Neisseria meningitidis is an important clinical and epidemiological tool. Routine methods include direct plating onto solid medium or later plating in the laboratory. A comparison of these methods used with 490 high school students found a significantly higher carriage rate with direct plating (11.8 versus 6.1%; P < 0.001).

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